"the great tree-planted space before the Invalides"
Fontaine de l'Intendant, in the Jardin de l'Intendant next to the Eglise du Dôme
GNU Free Documentation LicenseFontaine de l'Intendant, in the Jardin de l'Intendant next to the Eglise du Dôme - Credit: SiefkinDR

  Les Invalides (officially L’Hôtel National des Invalides) is a complex of buildings in the 7th arrondissement of Paris. Built between 1670 and 1676 on the order of Louis XIV as a hospital and retirement home for war veterans, it continues to fulfil its original purpose today as well as being home to museums and monuments connected to French military history. The building was designed by Libéral Bruant, and the iconic domed chapel by Jules Hardouín Mansart.

Although Les Invalides contains fifteen courtyards and several garden areas, the ‘great tree-planted space’ probably refers to Le Jardin de l’Intendant (Garden of the Steward) – a large garden of lawns, trees, flowerbeds and fountains situated to the front and south-west of the Eglise du Dôme (Church of the Dome), part of the Invalides complex.